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More people choosing alternative medicine

December 11, 2008 by  

Alternative therapies are going mainstreamNew statistics from a government agency reveal that Americans’ use of alternative medicine – including natural supplements – is rising.

Additionally, the study by the U.S. National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine looked at children’s use of natural therapies and found that 12 percent of kids have used such treatments over the past 12 months.

Among adults, nearly four in ten said they had used complementary and alternative medicines in the previous year.

Some of the most popular treatments included nutritional supplements such as fish oil/omega 3, glucosamine, Echinacea, flaxseed oil and ginseng.

Adults tended to use natural products to treat back pain, neck pain, joint stiffness and arthritis. Children used alternative remedies for conditions such as colds, anxiety and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder.

Commenting on the findings, the Los Angeles Times suggested that alternative medicines may be most popular in areas "where mainstream medicine has not had much success."

"These statistics confirm that CAM practices are a frequently used component of Americans’ health care regimens," commented Dr. Josephine P. Briggs of the NCCAM.
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  • Mung

    Dear Bob,
    I am glad that people start to catching on the natural treatment.
    I use alternative medicines because I get so much side effects with the mainstream medications.

    I try to help others by pointing them to that alternative medication direction when they also have problems with the mainstream medicines.

    • Bob Livingston

      Good for you, Mung. I’m a strong believer in nutritional supplements and have been for decades. Nutrition has so much to offer with almost every health problem out there. Conventional medicine has it’s place, but mostly where emergency intervention is needed for life-saving treatments. Today’s conventional medical system is nothing more than a system of symptom treatment… doing nothing to address the CAUSE of health problems. –Bob.

  • http://www.unbreakyourhealth.com Alan Smith

    Bob,
    Since the government survey included only a few types of CAM there are probably many more Americans using some type of complementary or alternative treatment. UnBreak Your Health – The Complete Guide to Complementary & Alternative Therapies (Loving Healing Press 2007) features 300+ listings in 138 different subjects!
    Hopefully the more the government understands that Americans are using CAM successfully they’ll be less inclined to continue taking away our freedom to choose it.

    • Bob Livingston

      Alan,
      The government will always fight natural and alternative medicine. It goes against their system of symptom treatment with drugs. The entire medical system is supported by drug treatments and the insurance industry. Natural medicine offers CURES, not just symptom treatment. If you cure the health problem, the need for doctors and drugs goes away, which would collapse the system. Keep fighting! Bob.

  • http://AMiles1@tampabay.rr.com Allan

    The government will not help the average little Joe because there is no money in that. The government of today is not Gov’t by the people for the people but government of the money for the chosen few. If the cures the government actually is aware of were released to the general public it would create even more of an economic disaster. The government controls our money, our lives, our freedoms and to some extent your very future. Don’t kid yourself the government will see that the selected groups will flourish at our expense.

  • s c mailen, jr.

    CHOICE is not just a word. It gives meaning to life. It distances us from those who claim to be our friends. It puts prostitute science under the microscope of truth. Being able to choose means America is still free. Here’s to your health, America!

  • http://None Lucille Murray

    Thank you for filling in the above for me. I will be 89 on 7/25 and
    it has been my strong belief for years that alternative meds
    or supplements should be part of every doctor’s arsenal rather
    than always being presented with yet another prescription for
    a “new” drug with a name so “far out” it takes a couple minutes to
    even pronounce it (if you can!). I take NO prescriptions of
    any kind and the few that I took at a doctor’s recommendation
    made me either nauseous because they were too strong or else
    they only cooled the symptoms of my ailment temporarily. I
    still have the osteoarthritis that I began with at age 36.
    What does that tell you? But I can keep it under good control
    with my own regimen of treatment with OTC meds and herbs.
    Keep pushing for alternatives, Bob. Tough birds like us are
    needed in this world of druggies. Lue

  • http://www.oneminutecure.com/CBpitchpagevideo.htm?hop=guidav guidav

    I have personally seen people healed of lots of uncurable diseases with alternative medicins. I persoanlly know two people that have cured their cancer without radiation, chemo, or surgery.

  • http://PersonalLibertyDigest Ruthfharper

    11-3-10

    Dr. Bob Livingston,
    I enjoyed your article and material from your, “Greatest Alternative Medicines Encyclopedia”. I have not had to take any medications for 45 years. Osteopatic care has saved my life. Please re-send to my e-mail address, the article that pertained to the Encyclopedia. I want to send it to my children who have had Alternative Medicine, and a host of friends. Thank you, Ruth

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